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does an independent contractor working alone on job site need

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does an independent contractor working alone on job site need to comply with osha safety requirements? what about two or more such contractors?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 5 years ago.
Good afternoon,

I'm sorry to hear of the situation.

As a general rule, OSHA covers every employee in your workplace, regardless of the worker’s title, status, or classification. classification. It covers managers, partners, family members, rank-and-file employees, and so on. However, OSHA does not apply to independent contractors. This is also the case with Cal-OSHA. Here is a link to a court opinion--see page 12 of the report, Iversen v. California Village Homeowners Association (Cal. Ct. of App., 2d Dist.), 2011:

So long as the 2 or more contractors are all independent of one another, OSHA will not apply to them either.

I hope you found my answer informative.

I wish you the best in 2012.

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